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From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki's body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.
When a dazzling comet lights up the night's sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more; a chance to finally meet. But try as they might, something more daunting than distance prevents them. Is the string of fate between Mitsuha and Taki strong enough to bring them together, or will forces outside their control leave them forever separated?
The Combo comes packaged in a beautiful silver holographic foil slipcover.
''this vividly realized and emotionally satisfying feature ought to make Shinkai a household name'' --Variety
''Makoto Shinkai could be the next big name in anime... a blend of gorgeous, realistic detail and emotionally grounded fantasy'' --Japan Times
''Hailing Makoto Shinkai as the new Hayao Miyazaki has been en vogue for a while. It s easy to see why... Only Makoto Shinkai could have made this movie, and his voice is in no need of any comparative labels.'' --Anime News Network
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I was able to see this in theaters during its limited run in North America. I was blown away by the artistry displayed in this animated film. I heard the hype before seeing it and it met those expectations, which not many films can do. Makoto Shinkai, the director, has been a favorite of mine for a little while now and many are calling him the next Miyazaki. While I am not a fan of those comparisons, I can say that Skinkai's style is very entertaining to watch and absorb. His use of light and hyper detailed backgrounds really suck you into his films. He tends to lean in to young characters who are in some sort of long distance relationship and Your Name is no different. The two main characters are a joy to watch because they come from opposite sides of Japanese society, but both are tied together by the events of a strange meteor that passes Earth every few hundred years...There is much more to be said about the story, but talking more about it would give away key details that I believe would be better off not being spoiled. And before I wrap this up, I would like to say that the music for this film is superb. I find myself often listening to a few key tracks whenever I get a chance.
If you have a friend or family member that has little to no anime experience, I would show him/her this film. Anime is so broad and diverse that it can be hard to give good suggestions to new watchers, but I believe Your Name is a perfect introduction.
Thank you for reading my review and have a good day.
Your Name is about two people from different parts of Japan, through some cosmic fate, body-swapped with one another. Mitsuha, a girl from a small rural town, wakes up in the body of Taki, a boy from big city Tokyo, and vice versa. Not knowing why this is happening to them, they both communicate via leaving messages on each other’s phone and notebook. Mitsuha, always dreaming of the big city and tired of her country life, takes this magical opportunity to live in Tokyo and runs with it. They both help each achieve things they otherwise would not have been able to achieve. And through interactions with each other’s friends and families, they begin to learn about one another. One day, however, the body-swapping stopped, and Taki sets out on a journey to find Mitsuha to meet her in person.
Mitsuha and Taki, our two leads are very charming and funny. The main hook is you hardly see them as themselves, instead they are mostly in each other’s bodies. Because of this, we see their characters develop as they literally walk in each other’s shoes.The first act to my surprise was candidly funny. I found myself laughing out loud at the fish out of water and situational jokes. There is a running gag where every time Taki would wake up in Mitsuha’s body, he would feel her boobs to make sure he is not in his own body, this is when Mitsuha’s little sister would burst in the room and see her “sister” touching herself. Comedy like this is perfect, because it is within character, situational and not forced.
I am going to avoid all spoilers for the second act onwards because I went in the movie knowing very little, and I wish for anyone watching this film to do the same.I will say there is an obstacle in the third act that is suspenseful and tension-filled but not in a Hitchcockian way. Instead, you just want to see the characters succeed and achieve the impossible so much, that when an obstacle stands between them, you cannot help but to be on the edge of your seat. I was rooting for them because I was emotionally invested in Taki and Mitsuha as human beings, and I care about them, and genuinely want a happy ending for them.
Having some time to think about the movie after seeing it not too long ago, I felt Your Name connected with me on in intimate level few films have done before. Ever since I was young I was a romanticist, always believing the meeting with the love of my life is bound by some sort of fate and destiny since the beginning of time, and I simply have not found her. The movie explores this subject, what if you are tied to a person by a string? You two through thick and thin, chaos and peace, no matter the time difference, spatial difference, are destined to meet? A story of this kind would have touched my heart regardless of the quality of the actual film, but thankfully, besides having an excellently written script, the movie’s supplemental elements like animation and music do not lag behind.
The hand-drawn animation in this movie is probably the best I have ever seen. Every frame was perfectly crafted and colors are rich and vibrant. I especially appreciated the little details like water droplets on a spider web during the raining scene and of course, the deliciously animated food throughout. The movie was truly like a painting coming to life and rivals with even some of Ghibli’s best. Another thing I need to mention is the music, composed by Japanese rock band, Radwimps. It was simply fantastic, amazing, incredible, heart-warming, heart-wrenching and every adjective that is associated with the word “nostalgic.” Funny how a piece of music you have only heard for the first time recently can give you the feeling of nostalgia, but that is the power of this film’s soundtrack. My favorite piece is Date that plays during Taki’s date with his co-worker. The track accompanying the sunset imagery and Tokyo café evokes a poignant, bittersweet sentiment within me, and I absolutely loved it. It makes me think back of times in my life where I was in a similar situation as Taki, and the feelings I had then, the moment, the sunset, the yearning of days gone by.
I cannot review this film without drawing some parallels to another romantic comedy I really love, (500) Days of Summer. While they do not have the same plot at all, there are some elements I found eerily similar. Both films deal with supposed cosmic significance about finding true love, both Tom and Taki are architects, and both are job hunting for that profession towards the end of the films. Not sure if it is only a coincidence, but I just wanted to point that out.
Your Name is a brilliant, heart-felt animated film about two different people’s absolute desire to meet one another despite being separated by space and time. Taki and Mitsuha’s conviction that leads them to the end of this emotional journey should be viewed by everyone, no matter if they like anime or not. This film is simply a masterpiece in storytelling that has everything you want in a romance. Go see this movie, you will not be disappointed.